Darren Sweetnam

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Munster’s Chris Cloete scores thier third try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 36 Ospreys 10 Munster’s new head coach Johann van Graan enjoyed a winning home debut at Musgrave Park where the under-strength Ospreys were b(...)

Tommy Bowe scores Ulster’s opening try in the hard-fought victory over Benetton at Kingspan Stadium last week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last season Tommy Bowe had a “jeez” moment with Ulster. Thoughts flashed across his mind. Should he continue, could he climb back into thin air, back (...)

Scotland’s Byron McGuigan scores a try against Australia at Murrayfield. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

That sets up the Six Nations pretty nicely. For the four home countries especially, November marked a month of progress. True, in a dozen matches betw(...)

James Hart starts for Munster in Italy this weekend. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

James Hart will make his first start for Munster at scrumhalf in Sunday afternoon’s Guinness Pro14 clash in Zebre. One of just two changes to the sid(...)

Adam Byrne during an Irish training session at Carton House, Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A hamstring injury to Robbie Henshaw sees Chris Farrell come in for a second cap alongside Bundee Aki in the new look Ireland midfield to face Argenti(...)

Dave Kearney scores his Ireland’s second try against Fiji at the Aviva. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The mistake supersedes all other considerations in the immediate aftermath of the match. It’s impossible to escape the fug of disappointment. It’s not(...)

Ireland’s Cian Healy gets tacked by Fiji’s Dominiko Waqaniburotu (ground) and Nikola Matawalu (right) during the Autumn International at the Aviva StadiumPhotograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

IRELAND 23  FIJI 20 In the heel of the hunt this was always likely to be tougher than the odds suggested, and with so many auditioning for main(...)

Ireland’s Joey Carbery leaves the field in pain with Dr Ciarán Cosgrove after fracturing his left forearm. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joey Carbery will be out of action for the foreseeable future. The 22-year-old, in only his second start for Ireland, sustained a fractured left forea(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney scores a try despite the efforts of Timoci Nagusa of Fiji during the the game at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 23 Fiji 20 Much like the overall collective performance, many of those auditioning for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland had patchy games, as ultimately (...)

Joey Carbery inspired Ireland to a narrow win over Fiji at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Only as good as your last game, Joey. Feels a little irresponsible not to highlight the place-kicking. For the wonder that is Carbery, this Kiwi of pu(...)

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